Last updated 3-12-2014
36 players (plus four players on Optional Assignment)
* bats or throws left
# bats both
* Zac Rosscup
* Chris Rusin
* James Russell
* Travis Wood
* Wesley Wright
* George Kottaras
* Anthony Rizzo
* Luis Valbuena
* Brett Jackson
* Nate Schierholtz
* Ryan Sweeney
# Arismendy Alcantara, INF
Jorge Soler, OF
Matt Szczur, OF
Logan Watkins, INF
SPRING TRAINING NRI (22):
* Tommy Hottovy
* Jonathan Sanchez
* Tsuyoshi Wada
* John Baker
* Rafael Lopez
# Emilio Bonifacio
* Chris Coghlan
* Ryan Kalish
* Mitch Maier
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I hope he's got one more year in him. Melton is trying to get out from under the consequences of hanging out at the bars at 1am in redneck country, so he may still be available, but cap space is a problem. I don't think he's hit his ceiling, though, so I wouldn't mind it if he came back. Bears are making some progress on the defensive front. Last year, any team with the ball marched up and down the field. Kinda took the fun out of watching the offense.
They signed Santana
the problem is, can he shift to second when Castro gets back. They sure better start getting him some reps there. The more I read about him, the more interesting he gets. I read stuff by MLB coaches saying things like, "he doesn't just make adjustments after at bats, he makes adjustments during an at bat." Watching him the few times I've been able to, he seems pretty special. TheoCorp's alleged policy of a set number of at bats may need to get filed away. I don't think this kid is gonna get ruined by a few bad at bats in the majors.
Castro rehab slow. Update from sun-times...Castro said he’s running at about 40 percent effort. He took batting practice in the cage Thursday for the first time since suffering the injury March 2.
“I like to steal. That’s one of my goals, to steal a lot of bases. I think I can do it because I have a green light now. I don’t have to wait for the sign or nothing else, just when I want to run.”
Peanut. Signed for just under $3.5 for one year.
“Charles is one of the NFL’s great players and a true leader on and off the field and we’re happy he will be staying in Chicago,” general manager Phil Emery said in a statement. “He remains the best in our game at forcing turnovers and always has brought a tough, physical presence to our secondary.”
rehabbing a torn triceps...
“I’m very optimistic about my recovery,” Tillman said. “It gives you something to shoot for in terms of motivation.”
Sounds like they could use some Edwin Jackson.
check out rizzo's split vs lefties. .194/.270 avg/ob% career (edited post to correct avg)... .189/.282 last year...
if he can't at least get up to a respectable level it's going to be a concern. i'm not even hoping for a miracle out of him vs lefties...i would settle for a .250/.330-ish line out of him or something similar. as it is he's an automatic "get the lefty in" late inning manager decision and vs a lefty starter it's practically cruising unless the pitcher gives him something to put over the OF fence.
I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I bet it's not at all unusual for young left-handed sluggers to have trouble with MLB lefties for their first few years. Quality and crafty left-handed pitching is sparse in the minors. I would guess his performance against them may trend upward over the next few years, even if it never reaches that .250 average mark you're looking for.
That OBP tells me he's seeing the ball well, so not sure what's going on there.
Yeah, and the softer the tosser the worst they hit it seems. It might be purely anecdotal, but it always seemed like lefties just carved up the Cubs lineup for the past few seasons.
tough times for the braves.
k.medlen expected to have TJ...b.beachy's status has been updated today saying he might need TJ...
m.minor's shoulder is expected to keep him out til early/mid-April at the earliest, but that's a weird case.
ATL's youth pitchers have been notoriously "babied"...not going 100+ pitches often and rarely going 110+ for a few years now as a standard practice. ATL has been king of the 3-inning bullpen load for a while no matter if the starter could go another inning or not.
crazy "when it rains it pours" stuff.
Samardzija, Wood, Jackson in opening series vs. Pirates
Hammel likely to get home opener vs. Phillies
2 more moved down, Beeler and Hatley
LOCKED IN (MOST LIKELY) - 18
Castillo, Kottaras, Rizzo, Castro, Barney, Schierholtz, Ruggiano, Lake, Sweeney
Samardzija, Wood, E. Jackson, Hammel
Veras, Strop, Wright, Russell, Carlos Villanueva
DISABLED LIST - 2
ON THE BUBBLE - 16
Valbuena, Murphy, Olt, Roberts(NRI), Bonifacio(NRI), Kalish (NRI), C. Rusin, Hendricks(NRI), J. McDonald (NRI), A. Cabrera, Grimm, Rondon, Parker, Rosscup, J. Sanchez (NRI), Ramirez
well if the Opening Day lineup is now Barney at SS and Bonifacio or Valbuena at 2b, that would certainly be a buzzkill
if Baez ends up being starting shortstop, see if he does enough to never get sent down again. Be kind of neat.
"Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro's return to the lineup has been indefinitely delayed as he deals with fluid in his leg from a hamstring injury suffered on March 2."
Today's game will be on tape delay on the MLB Network this evening.
WGN game on Saturday.
Comcast Sports Net on Sunday.